This week marks two important events for the peace community: today is the International Day of Peace and September 26th is the International Day to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons. We are honoring this important week by taking action against a growing Pentagon budget which allocates too many of our resources to nuclear weapons. First, we’re holding our representatives accountable for their vote on historic legislation to cut the Pentagon budget by 10%. Then, on Saturday, September 26th, we’re joining our friends at Massachusetts Peace Action in the streets to demand that we divest from nuclear weapons and invest in peace. You can join a rally we have planned here. If you don’t see your city represented, we can help you plan a rally in your local community
It’s important that we commemorate the International Day of Peace and the International Day to Eliminate Nuclear weapons by taking action. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Pentagon’s nuclear weapons spending plan would cost an average of about $50 billion per year between 2019 and 2028.
😡This means the Pentagon is set to spend $494 billion on nuclear weapons in the next 10 years.😡
It doesn’t have to be this way. Our representatives recently voted on historic legislation to cut the Pentagon budget by 10%. Do you know how your representative voted? Now is the time to take action to hold our representatives accountable for approving a $740 billion Pentagon budget during the middle of a pandemic and tell them that we must divest from nuclear weapons and invest in human needs! Find out how your representative voted on legislation to cut the Pentagon budget by 10% and take action to hold them accountable!
Did your Congressional Representative vote to cut the Pentagon Budget by 10%?
✅If yes, thank them for their support and ask that they join the newly formed Defense Spending Reduction Caucus here.
❌If not, they have blood on their hands! Take action to demand that they stop taking campaign contributions from weapons manufacturers and hold them accountable here.
On Saturday, September 26 we’re also partnering with our friends at Massachusetts Peace Action to join the national movement to stand out for the elimination of nuclear weapons and call on Congress to divest from war and invest in human needs. Local peace activists from California to New Mexico to Illinois to Massachusetts will be in the streets to demand that we divest from nuclear weapons and invest in peace. You can join a rally we have planned here. If you don’t see your city represented, we can help you plan a rally in your local community. Once you sign up to join or host a rally, we’ll be in touch to make sure you have all of the resources you need to rally to divest from nuclear weapons on Saturday.
Following our Congressional representative's historic vote on legislation that would cut the Pentagon budget by 10% being on the streets on Saturday, September 26 is an important way to keep the pressure up and remind them we still need to slash funding for nuclear weapons in the Pentagon budget and invest in life-affirming programs!
Our work to not just defund nuclear weapons, but eliminate them altogether, is more urgent than ever. Contact your representative to hold them accountable for their vote on legislation which should have cut funding for nuclear weapons. Then, join us for a rally in your local community on September 26th to commemorate the International Day to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons.
Towards a nuclear-free world,
Carley, Ariel, Ann, Caty, Cody, Danaka, Emily, Jodie, Kelsey, Leila, Leonardo, Mary, Michelle, Nancy, Paki, Teri, and Yousef